Friday, September 04, 2015

AAC office confirms that UConn's Fatukasi to miss first half of Army game

When listing UConn's impact players in the Villanova, it shouldn't take long for Fatukasi's name to get mentioned. He led UConn with two quarterback sacks and two quarterback hurries, his four solo tackles were second only to Graham Stewart and along with classmate Luke Carrezola, he was a nightmare for the Villanova offensive line. However, Fatukasi's aggressive play cost him dearly when he was ejected for fighting on Villanova's final drive.

According to Chuck Sullivan of the American Athletic Conference, Fatukasi will be required to miss the first half of next week's Army game because he was thrown out of the game in the second half. According to the NCAA rules, if the ejection had occurred in the first half, he would be eligible to play the entire Army game. The biggest issue is that if Fatukasi were to be ejected in another game this season, he would be suspended for the remainder of the season.

Diaco was not pleased that Fatukasi and sophomore running back Ron Johnson received unsportsmanlike penalties but loved the passion and productivity of his two young stars.
"Foley is awesome," Diaco said. "You don't want the guy you have to put jumper cables on to get their motor running so Ronnie had an issue at the game, right? But how did Ron Johnson run? Ron ran hard; Ron ran with a pad's first attitude. We have to get him a little bit on that hard run at the very end, make sure he doesn't have an overzealous moment and create a personal foul. Foley, the same thing. Foley was busting his butt all night. He was giving great effort, doing what we were asking
him to do and playing within the defense. He just got carried away. He can't do that obviously and he won't. They are two young players. We are still a young developing team."

Fatukasi had to leave the field after his ejection and nobody was more relieved when the Huskies emerged with the five-point win.

"I learned a valuable lesson," Fatukasi said. "The next game, I just have to support my teammates. It (stinks). You let your team down, you let your teammates down. It is a great lesson learned, it happens in football."

Not only did UConn record its first season-opening win since 2012 but the team added a commitment in 6-foot-5, 335-pound Nino Leone out of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Mass.

Leone has been a standout at Pingree since his freshman season and he becomes the seventh UConn commitment from the Class of 2016 but the first lineman in the class.


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